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it than support it. salvatore cordileone, archbishop of san francisco, is one of the co-authors of prop 8. he also chairs the committee on marriage of the u.s. conference of catholic bishops. >> why really, though, are we here? one simple reason -- marriage matters to kids. what could be more beautiful or even more sacred than a man and a woman coming together to create new life? >> reporter: in court tuesday, lawyers defending proposition 8 pressed that argument that it furthered the state's interest in procreation and child rearing to some skeptical justices. >> in california, coupleshat aren't gay, but can't have children, get married all the time. >> yes, your honor. >> the concern is that re-defining marriage as a genderless institution will sever its abiding connection to its historic, traditional procreative purposes. and it will refocus the purpose of marriage and the definition of marriage away from the raising of children and to the emotional needs andesires of adult >> suppose a state said "because we think that the focus of marriage should be on procreation, we're not going to
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